Broadband Forum names new officials, continues IPv6 push

Staff writer
18 Mar 2011

The Broadband Forum has named its new set of officers and has vowed to continue supporting IPv6.

The forum named as its new president Kevin Foster, head of access platform design at BT and a four-year member of the forum’s board of directors. He joins Tom Starr (AT&T), who continues as chairman, Marcin Drzymala (Telekomunikacja Polska) and Andrew Malis (Verizon Communications) who continue as vice presidents, David Sinicrope (Ericsson) who continues as secretary, and Frank Van der Putten (Alcatel-Lucent) who continues as treasurer.

The Broadband Forum, in a meeting in Boston, also approved three new technical reports and two new marketing reports. The technical reports include TR-200, using EPON in the context of TR-101, Corrigendum 2 - VDSL functionality test plan and TR-181 – Issue 2, Amendment 2 – IPv6 Device Data Model for TR-069. Two new marketing reports include MR-244 (IPv6 tutorial) and MR-229 next-generation wholesale access.

These new reports not only complete the work going into the IPv6 toolkit, but include the first EPON related work and an important guide to the specifications that have application in the wholesale arena, the forum said.

“We see IPv6 as an area of strategic importance, along with PON, Connected Home and Enterprise solutions. We are also looking to reach into new geographical areas, with educational commitments to events in India, Latin America and the Middle East,” said Broadband Forum CEO Robin Mersh.

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